State House News: Urban Summer School Bill Pitched to Help Close Achievement Gap
By Matt Murphy
Summer school is often thought of as a punishment. But what if it didn’t have to be?
As state education officials look for ways to shrink the achievement gap for poorer students and prepare them for college and the workforce, Rep. Alice Peisch, of Wellesley, is pushing a new model for summer school in urban districts that would take students out of the classroom and into the real world.
Peisch, who co-chairs the Committee on Education, has filed legislation with 18 cosponsors that would direct the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to set up a grant program to support summer learning in districts with high concentrations of low-income students. Click here to read more
Gateway Cities Journal: Increasing Access to High-Quality Summer Learning
The Boston Summer Learning Community has dramatically increased the reach and scale of summer learning. Together, we’re serving over 10,000 youth across all neighborhoods in Boston.
Most notably, the network on average met or exceeded the benchmark in all areas of program quality in 2016, with rates comparable to previous years.
Read this new report to learn about the Boston Summer Learning Community’s recent successes and data findings from 2016.
Headmaster and Students Testify At State House in Support of Summer Learning
On March 16 legislators and education leaders convened at the State House to discuss scaling research-based summer learning statewide. The briefing highlighted findings from the largest study to date on summer learning. Headmaster Lindsa McIntyre and two students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School testified about the importance of summer learning on future success. Click here to read more
Save the Date: ACT Skills Summit on June 5, 2017
This event will serve as a citywide summit on the skills necessary for college and career success. Attendees will take a deep dive into social and emotional skills, learning the latest research from the field and sharing effective practices for cultivating these skills.